Teenager defies 67,000,000-1 odds with two holes-in-one in same round
An Armagh teenager has scored an amazing two holes-in-one in the same round of golf.
Joe Rooney, 16, managed the exceptionally rare feat at a tournament at County Armagh Golf Club on Tuesday.
The odds of an amateur golfer hitting two holes-in-one in the same round are a staggering 67 million to one.
But even though the feat helped him finish his round three under par, it was not enough to win him the Open event.
Joe, who has a handicap of two, told the BBC it was the first time he had ever hit a hole-in-one, let alone two.
“On the third hole I hit a great shot,” he said.
“The ball bounced in the middle of the green, then spun out to the left and went straight in.”
“I played on and was four under par at the seventh hole.
“The green is elevated a bit, but I hit the ball well – it only bounced once.
“You can’t see the pin very well from the seventh, but it smacked the bottom of it and you just knew by the sound that it had gone in.
“We just all went crazy and began hugging each other and jumping around.”
Joe said his achievement was almost too good to be true.
“I got a bit nervous after that – I bogied the 10th and 11th, but birdied the 12th, finishing three under par,” he said.
Joe hopes to follow in the footsteps of other Northern Ireland golf stars like Rory McIlroy.
“Obviously it’s every young golfer’s dream to be professional, but I know it’s very hard, so right now I’m just working hard and focusing on tournaments,” he said.